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Charlton v Spurs, Youth Cup 5th Rd - 16.02.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

              FA Youth Cup  Round 4
                  The Valley, 
               Charlton,London SE7
         Thursday 16th February 2012, 7pm

           CHARLTON    v     SPURS
         (Red/White)      (White/Blue)
            4-5-1            4-5-1

             1(0)             0(0)

      Dillon Phillips  1 Billy Granger
    Jordan Cousins(C)  2 Oliver Modeste
          Morgan Fox   3 Jack Barthram
         Diego Poyet   4 Kevin Stewart
          Semi Ajayi   5 Milos Veljkovic
        Harry Lennon   6 Gian Carlo Gallifuocu
      Tobi Sho-Silva   7 Jack Munns
       Tareiq Holmes   8 Nabil Bentaleb
          Joe Pigott   9 Souleymane Coulibaly
        Harry Gerard  10 Grant Ward
       Adebayo Azeez  11 Shaquille Coulthirst(C)

     Callum Harriott  12 Dominic Ball
          (9)71Mins.     (6)71Mins.
                      13 Luke McGee
       Harry Osborne  14 Darren McQueen
      Bradley Jordan  15 Ruben Lameiras 
           Tom Derry  16 Kenneth McEvoy
      Oliver Muldoon  17 

      Muldoon 90+3 

      Harriott 86(Foul)  Ward 56(Late)
                         Modeste 90+2 (Foul)

      P. Hart            A. Inglethorpe

Referee:- M. Bull
Asst. Refs:- T. Ramsey, A. Parker
4th Official:- A. Oldershaw

Attendance:- 1,371

This game was switched from Welling Utd to the Valley yesterday as the home side looked to capitalise on the large crowd expected. (Ed:- I thought that all Youth Cup games had to be played at the home team's main stadium)There was a good sized Spurs support who sang throughout the game. Charlton came into this game on a good run of wins having defeated Leicester City in the last round after being taken to extra time. Spurs lost their last game at Reading with last Saturday's game being postponed. Spurs progressed to this round by beating Stevenage 2-1 away with the winner coming in added time.

Spurs lined up with Granger in goal behind Stewart and Veljkovic with Modeste at right back and Barthram on the left. There was a new pairing in the centre of midfield with newcomers Gallifuocu and Bentaleb starting for the first time. Munns started on the right wing and Coulthirst on the left. Ward supported Coulibaly up front.

Spurs defended the South end in the first half as both sides began cautiously. Spurs as usual in Cup games, played deeper than in Academy games with the midfield playing more defensively. This seemed to be the way the home side approached it as well as they left Pigott up and used the pace of Sho-Silva and Azeez to support him. This meant that most of the game was played in the middle of the pitch with neither keeper having much to do.

Granger was the first called upon to make a save from a weak effort by Pigott and Barthram drew a save from Phillips soon after. Phillips was called on to save Munns free kick at the near post. Sho-Silva headed wide before Ward was booked for a late challenge. Munns took a free kick on the right and played it low into the area where Gallifuocu was well wide with a volley.

Chalton began to play long balls up for Azeez to chase and he drew a save from a ball delivered by his keeper. Coulthirst got down the left but saw his shot saved. After Munns fired over Azeez headed wide and Gerard was also wide before Pigott got one on target. Ward managed to make space for an effort that flew wide just before the half-time whistle.

Charlton made one change for the start of the second half with Inglethorpe having to replace Bentaleb soon after with Lameiras. Coulibaly drew a save from Phillips and Holmes fired over when Spurs failed to clear a corner. Munns fired over from a free kick and Coulibaly shot wide from Coulthirst's cross.

After Pigott failed to get a shot off when the ball dropped in front of him in the six yard box, he was replaced by the nippy Harriott. At the same time Ball replaced Gallifuocu in midfield. Spurs began to open the game up getting more players forward and Munns drove into the area and saw his effort hit the crossbar.

The big Lennon had to be replaced having gone down in the centre circle chasing Coulibaly. Coulthirst turned Modeste's cross wide before squaring the ball for Lameiras on the edge of the area. As Ruben was in the act of striking the ball Harriott took his feet away to earn a yellow card. Munns fired the free kick over the bar. Veljkovic played a long ball over the Addicks defence for Coulthirst to chase but Phillips got there first. The keeper kicked the ball into the face of the on-rushing Spurs player and had to watch as the ball rolled just wide of the post.

As the game went into added time Munns played in Ward, only for Phillips to save at the expense of a corner. With extra time beckoning Sho-Silva was released and as he tried to get past Modeste on the left he was knocked off balance. The referee booked Modeste and Muldoon stepped up to take the free kick. The sub curled the ball over the wall into the net leaving Granger flapping, to win the game for the home side.

For most of the game it looked likely to go into extra time as both sides created few real chances with the defences on top. In the final quarter of an hour Spurs began to look the stronger side and they looked the most likely to win it but were sunk by one good free kick.

Our two new players showed that they are good on the ball and can pass. Bentaleb took one to the head from Poyet (son of Gus)in the second half which took a while to shake off. When they were replaced by Lameiras and Ball, Spurs looked better as the subs knew how the rest played. It was not a classic match with Charlton failing to capitalise on their height advantage and Spurs not producing the flowing football that is their style. They also lacked a dead ball kicker which Charlton had. The winners go on to Manchester United in the next round.

The Academy do not have a game on Saturday so their next game is away to Bristol City on the 25th February.


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